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New Student Information

Dear Students,

Congratulations on choosing Villanova University.  The Wildcard office is looking forward to seeing you shortly.  Here are just a few things to do before you arrive on campus.

First, it is mandatory that all students entering Villanova University have an ID card known as the Wildcard. The Wildcard will give you access to your residence hall, dining halls, library, numerous academic doors, your Nova Bucks™ account, print allowance, laundry, vending machines, and sporting events.

To process your Wildcard on-line using VPhoto, please follow these steps (recommended):

1.     Go to

2.     Follow the on-line instructions

If you are a resident student, you will receive your Wildcard from your Resident Assistant when you check into your residence hall on move-in day.  If you are a commuter student, you may pick up your Wildcard at the Wildcard office located in Dougherty Hall when your classes begin.

Second, we hope you take the time to watch the Wildcard video that is located at and view the Wildcard Brochure.  The Wildcard is your key to Villanova University and offers many exciting features, including Nova Bucks™.

What is Nova Bucks™?  Nova Bucks™ is a restricted spending account. It allows you to enjoy the convenience of purchasing power across campus and in the surrounding community without carrying cash or checks.  You receive a 5% discount in the Bookstore on all purchases when paying with Nova Bucks™ and you will need to use this account to do laundry if you are a resident student.  For information on how to add funds to your Nova Bucks™ account, please visit our website.  Remember, each time you use your Nova Bucks™ debit account, the amount of your purchase will automatically be deducted from your account. Once you put money into your account, the balance stays with you until you graduate, or terminate all affiliations with Villanova University. There are no cash withdraws from this account.

If you have any questions, contact the Wildcard Office at 610-519-6202, Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.


Kathy Gallagher

Director of University Campus Card Systems “Wildcard”


University Helpdesk

Call Us: 610-519-7777
M-Th 8am-10pm
F 8am-5pm
Sa-Su 12pm-8pm

Walk-ins: Falvey Library, First Floor
M-Th 9am-7pm
F 9am-5pm

TechZone @ The Commons
Dobbin Hall
M-Th 8am-10pm
F 8am-5pm
Sa-Su 12pm-8pm

School of Law Helpdesk

Call Us: 610-519-7700
Walk-ins: Law Library Rm 104
M-F 9am-5pm

Classroom Technologies Hotline


Download the Wildcard Brochure